It was as if somebody wrote a memo and everybody read it—wear “terno.”
Of course there was no memo—in fact, the invitation to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Aquino merely said Filipina dress for women and barong for the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, and barong or suit for the other guests.
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AS expected, the Arroyo family led by former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo snubbed President Aquino’s second state of the nation address yesterday.
Mrs. Arroyo was among 261 House members who were present when House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap called the roll at around 10 a.m. for the resumption of the second regular session of the 15th Congress.
The ex-president left shortly after the session adjourned to meet with her constituents in Lubao, Pampanga.
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MANILA, Philippines - Militant lawmakers again took advantage of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino yesterday to express their sentiments through fashion.
However, most of the female lawmakers were elegantly dressed in ternos done by famous Filipino designers.
The SONA for many years has become a fashion event for legislators, their spouses and families.
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MANILA — The State of the Nation Address (Sona) in many years has
become a fashion event for legislators, their spouses and families.
Touted to celebrate local fashion, even the media makes a staple of it
and allots a special place in their coverage to have the attendees
explain their outfits in a red carpet spectacle. Strangely, there has
been no respite in this kind of ritual and excessive display even if
the rest of the country is in deep poverty and the government itself
purportedly urging austerity measures. read more »
“The bitchiest SONA ever,” is a general, if somewhat cheeky
assessment of Monday’s State of the Nation Address, which is expected
to be the last of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s 9-year term. read more »
Pero ang pinaka-bonggang bongga talaga kahapon ay si Representative Lisa Maza
dahil nasapawan niya ang mga naggagandahang gowns ng mga senadora.
Bakit kamo? Kasi, she was a show-stopper with her mocking hand painted
image of the President! Hmmm, buti hindi siya pinalabas ng Batasang
Pambansa ano? read more »
Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza appeared in a beaded gown, hand-painted with
the President’s image and embroidered with the word con-ass made of a
katsa cloth ( flour sack ) and handpainted by social realism artist Boy
Dominguez. The gown, according to her the gown represents the real
state of the nation. Truly, its not just a State of the Nation Address
but also a Fashion State of this year as it also represents different
expressions of themselves in public. read more »
Eight militant party list lawmakers also left the chamber
simultaneously to listen to the “true Sona” of the people in the
streets. They are Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño and Neri Colmenares of
Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan of Gabriela; Rafael Mariano and
Joel Maglunsod of Anakppawis; and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan. read more »